5 Reasons why the establishment media in the US is far from liberal
Conservatives love to rant and rave about America’s Liberal Media. In this generation, it has become an obsessive conservative and GOP talking point. Nearly every conservative radio station and lawmaker has spread the rather ludicrous idea that the establishment media in America is overwhelmingly liberal. Please, allow me to help dispel this myth.
The overriding conservative propaganda is that the US media is a predominantly liberal establishment, one which does not give fair coverage. I will present some rather interesting facts that show quite the opposite. It is clear that based on the way in which the media behaves in the US, they are far from liberal. If anything, the establishment media is fairly conservative in many respects.
Myth #1 The Iraq War:
When the Bush Administration prepared the country to go to war in Iraq between 2002-2003, the “liberal media” was as mute as it could be when it came to critiquing the idea of going to war. Looking back, it’s no wonder how the people of the United States was so easily talked into going to war. The media effectively censored the voices of those who dared speak against the Iraq War.
Notable examples came from MSNBC, the “liberal” news network. Phil Donahue was the highest rated show on MSNBC in 2002, but after he criticized the Bush Administration’s war plans, his show was pulled and he was let go from the network. Jesse Ventura was to be a given show, but was also pulled when he criticized the war as well. Ashleigh Banfield from CNN was also pulled when she criticized media coverage of the war.
Myth #2 Neutrality at All Cost:
If the media is so liberal, why does it always go for total neutrality in its “reporting?” How many filibusters have Republicans in the Senate used to block bills brought forward by the Democrats? How much disinformation has the Republican Party spread about Obamacare? Each and every time the Republicans hold the government hostage or spread horrendous lies, the so-called liberal media plays the neutrality card and never calls out the GOP for its fabrications on issues ranging from economics to climate change.
It’s all he said, she said nonesense, “Well the Democrats say this, and Republicans say that. Well I guess they’re both equally valid.” No. One side is clearly right and the other is never clearly wrong. Yet the media must always be neutral and never take a side, even at the cost of reporting the truth. A stunningly liberal media it’s not.
If the media were truly liberal, it certainly would not be so complicit when it comes to the dealings of the creepy national security state. Media coverage on bills like the PATRIOT Act and AUMF were overwhelmingly complicit with government policy, and much like Iraq largely abstained from airing the voices of critics.
For the cases of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, the media have been lions in defending the NSA. Almost no major defense of the actions of Manning and Snowden have been put out, surprising for a media that is so liberal.
Myth #4 The Economy:
For a liberal media, it seems rather strange to see so many conservative fabrication’s and failures on the economy get a pass. This speaks to networks like CNN and CNBC who often have anchors who ferociously defend Wall Street and the Banking sector.
Even as the Banks committed potentially criminal fraud and crashed the economy in 2008, no major news outlet pushes to have the big banks investigated and those responsible for the crash held accountable. If anything, the media has gone out its way to avoid the issue.
Myth #5 ACORN and Breitbart Journalism:
If the liberal media bias did exist, then why was it so easy for the misinformation campaign against the organization ACORN to spread? ACORN was primarily a voter drive organization that helped to register people in poor neighborhoods to vote, and help in charity work as well.
Yet the organization was defunded and shut down between 2009-2010 due to fabricated video footage shot by fraud conservative activist James O’Keefe who released the faux story of ACORN supporting prostitution through Andrew Breitbart.
Andrew Breitbart was also responsible for spreading false stories about Shirley Sherrod, Van Jones, and many others. In many cases the “liberal media” went right along with this misinformation and helped contribute to the firing of Shirley Sherrod and Van Jones from the Obama Administration as well as the shutting down of ACORN.
The list above is merely a shortlist of debunking the myths of the liberal media. The mainstream media in America is overwhelmingly neutral, if not very conservative. The media makes no major push to discredit the falsehoods of conservatives, and in fact goes out its way to remain neutral at the cost of reporting the facts.
The media is more vested in ratings and access to politicians than it is in reporting the truth. The truth often tends to lean left in so many cases. Rather than report this truth, the media calls it “even” while trying to appease the right-wing and corporatist elements of the establishment. The best quote I could give on this matter is something that Stephen Colbert once said about the nature of reality;
“The media promises to report on reality. But we know that reality has a well known liberal bias.”